CBS News correspondent John Miller just announced on WCBS-TV New York that he is going towork for incoming NYPD Commissioner William Bratton. The two worked together when Bratton was NYPD commissioner in the mid-’90s and again when Bratton was LA’s commissioner, with Miller focused on terrorism preparedness. The news comes just days after some TV-news navel lint pickers scolded Miller over his 60 Minutes report on the NSA — the New York Times calling it “a friendly infomercial for the agency.” Miller is a former FBI official who worked with NSA; some critics said he should have stayed away from the story because of that. Miller responded to the criticism, to the NYT, saying, “As we constructed it, the NSA was a story about a debate, not a villain, and we added to that debate with important information. I fail to understand how a shrill argument for the sake of creating televised drama would have accomplished anything.” A CBS News rep said today in a statement: “John Miller is a remarkable journalist with deep insight into law enforcement. He has been invaluable to the CBS News family. We wish him well in his quest to help make the City of New York a safer place as part of the NYPD. John will always have a home at CBS News.” Here’s CBS News’ announcement of Miller’s new job, via WCBS:
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NBC News has hired high-profile former NYPD and LAPD topper Bill Bratton as an analyst. It’s part of a trend by news outlets to secure on-air talent with strong law enforcement backgrounds to spearhead coverage of high-profile stories such as the killings in the elementary school in Newtown, the movie theater in Aurora, and at the Boston Marathon. Bratton, the only person to have led four of the country’s largest police forces, was a frequent on-air contributor at various news operations during coverage of the marathon bombing. Bratton will help NBC News catch up to CBS News, which has been getting a lot of attention in this field since hiring John Miller in 2011. Miller has straddled journalism and law enforcement his entire career, beginning as a reporter before migrating to the NYPD (at the request of then-commissioner Bratton),and also working for the LAPD and FBI. On September 11, 2001 he sat by Peter Jennings at ABC News, where he was working at the time. Miller is credited with reporting ahead of others the magnitude of the death toll at Newton, and with waving CBS News off the erroneous report an arrest had been made in the Boston bombing, among other things. Read More »
EXCLUSIVE: We tv’s head of development John Miller has left the cable channel. I hear that Miller, who had served as SVP original productions and development for WE tv and Wedding Central since 2009, was recently let go. We TV is yet to name a replacement. Based in New York, Miller developed original programming and served as executive in charge of production on all We tv-produced programming, including hit series Bridezillas, Joan and Melissa, My Fair Wedding and Braxton Family Values. Miller was previously EVP of television at The Weinstein Co.